A total of 19 people were injured in the serious crash at Vittlefields Cross when a Mini One collided with a double-decker bus, subsequently forcing the bus into the path of a Fiat Bravo.
Yvonne was travelling in the Fiat hatchback – which ended up in a ditch at the side of the carriageway – when the impact occurred. Sadly, she was pronounced dead at the scene. 3 other people in the same vehicle were seriously injured.
The driver of the bus, a man in his 50s, sustained a serious injury. He had to be extricated from the cab of the vehicle.
Yvonne’s family have paid tribute to her today…
“Much loved wife, ‘ma’ of four children and four grandchildren who was loved by all who knew her. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.
“We would like to thank the efforts of the first responders, air ambulance crew, paramedics, police, fire, members of the public and all hospital staff.
“We would also like to thank everyone for their best wishes and support, but would respectfully ask for privacy at this difficult time.”
Emergency services declared a major incident at just before 14:00 on Sunday afternoon with 4 air ambulances called in alongside 6 fire appliances, several ambulances and specialist Police investigators from the mainland. The incident began at 12:46 when the first 999 call was received.
4 of the most seriously injured casualties were airlifted to mainland hospitals including Southampton and Brighton. Others were taken to St Mary’s Hospital.
Richard Tyldsley, General Manager of Southern Vectis said in a statement yesterday:
“This is very distressing for all concerned and I would like to pass our sincere condolences to their family and friends.
“We are assisting the Police as they carry out their enquiries, and are also conducting our own investigation”.
Anyone with information relating to the crash, including dashcam footage taken in the area, is asked to contact Police on 101, quoting 44190129002.